My research focuses on quantitative genetics of populations. In particular, I am exploring how population genetic approaches can contribute to finding genes responsible for complex traits.


Book chapters

- Genomic diversity in the domestication process
by Miika Tapio and Saber Qanbari

- Tracing domestication and selection in animal genomes
by Saber Qanbari and Miika Tapio

Book title: Genomic management of animal genetic diversity.
A textbook for postgraduate level. Edited by Kor Oldenbroek.
Published by the Wageningen Academic Publishers, February 2017.

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In peer reviewed journals

Qanbari S., H. Simianer On the extent of linkage disequilibrium in the genome of domestic animals. In progress.

J. Szyda, T. Suchocki, S. Qanbari, Z. Liu, and H. Simianer. Assessing degree of stratification between closely related Holstein-Friesian populations. Submitted in Journal of Dairy Science.

Qanbari S., M Seidel, TM Strom, K.F.X. Mayer., R Preisinger, H Simianer (2015) Parallel selection revealed by population sequencing in chicken. Genome Biol Evol doi: 10.1093/gbe/evv222.

Yunlong Ma, Xiangdong Ding, Saber Qanbari, Steffen Weigend, Qin Zhang and Henner Simianer. (2015) Properties of different selection signature statistics and a new strategy for combining them. Heredity 42: 1?11, doi: 10.1038/hdy.2015.42

JL. Tetens, S Qanbari, J Bennewitz, C Drögemüller, G Thaller, J Tetens. (2014) Bos indicus introgression into (peri-) alpine cattle breeds - evidence from the analysis of bovine whey protein variants. Anim Genet. 45(4): 585-588. doi: 10.1111/age.12185

Qanbari, S., H. Simianer. (2014) Invited review: mapping signatures of positive selection in the genome of livestock. Livestock Science 166. doi: 10.1016/j.livsci.2014.05.003

Qanbari, S., Pausch H., Jansen S., Somel M., Nielsen R., Fries R., Simianer H. (2014). Classic selective sweeps revealed by massive sequencing in cattle. PLoS Genetics 10(2): e1004148. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen. 1004148.

Daniel Gianola, Saber Qanbari and Henner Simianer. 2013. An evaluation of a novel estimator of linkage disequilibrium. Heredity 111(4): 275-285.

Kranis, A., Gheyas, A.A., Boschiero, C., Turner, F., Yu, L., Smith, S., Talbot, R., Pirani, A., Brew, F., Kaiser, P., Hocking, P.M., Fife, M., Salmon, N., Fulton, J., Strom, T.M., Haberer, G., Weigend, S., Preisinger, R., Gholami, M.,

Qanbari, S.,Simianer, H., Watson, K.A., Woolliams, J.A., Burt, D.W., 2013. Development of a high density 600K SNP genotyping array for chicken.BMC Genomics 14, 59.

Qanbari, S., Strom TM, Haberer G, Weigend S, Gheyas AA, et al. (2012) A High Resolution Genome-Wide Scan for Significant Selective Sweeps: An Application to Pooled Sequence Data in Laying Chickens. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49525.

Gallinat, J.L., Qanbari, S.,Drögemüller, C., Pimentel, E.C.G., Thaller, G., Tetens, J. (2012): DNA-based identification of novel bovine casein gene variants. J. Dairy Sci. 96:1?11.

Qanbari, S., D. Gianola, B. Hayes, F. Schenkel, S. Miller, S. Moore, G. Thaller, H. Simianer. (2011) Application of site and haplotype-frequency based approaches for detecting selection signatures in cattle. BMC Genomics, 12:318.

Qanbari, S., M. Hansen, S. Weigend, R. Preisinger and H. Simianer.(2010) Linkage Disequilibrium Reveals Different Demographic History in Egg Laying Chickens. BMC Genetics 11:103.

Qanbari, S., E. C. G. Pimentel., J. Tetens., G. Thaller., P. Lichtner., A. R. Sharifi., and H. Simianer (2010) The pattern of linkage disequilibrium in German Holstein cattle. Animal Genetics 41, 346?356.

Qanbari, S., E. C. G. Pimentel., J. Tetens., G. Thaller., P. Lichtner., A. R. Sharifi and H. Simianer (2010) A genome-wide scan for signatures of recent selection in Holstein cattle. Animal Genetics 41, 377?389.

Gianola D., H. Simianer and S. Qanbari (2010) A two-step method for detecting selection signatures using genetic markers. Genetics Research 92: 141-155.

Pashmi, M., S. Qanbari., S. A, Ghorashi, Sharifi, R., Simianer, H. (2009) Relationship between Bovine Lymphocyte Antigen DRB3.2 Alleles and Somatic Cell Count in Iranian Holstein Population. Journal of Animal Breeding & Genetics. 126:296-303.

Molaee V., R. Osfoori, M.P. Eskandari-Nasab and S. Qanbari. (2009) Genetic relationships among six Iranian indigenous sheep populations based on microsatellite analysis. Small Ruminant Research 84:121-124.

Halabian, R., M.P. Eskandari-Nasab., M.R. Nassiry., A.R. Heravy-Musavi., S.A. Hossaini and S. Qanbari, (2008) Characterization of SNPs of Bovine Prolactin gene of Holestein Cattle. Biotechnology 7(1).118-123.

Qanbari, S., R. Osfoori, M. P. Eskandari Nasab. (2007) Introgression of major genes into elite breeding flock of afshari sheep: a preliminary evaluation of polymorphism content and applicability of marker data. Biotechnology. 6: 513-519.

Pashmi M., A S, Ghorashi., A. R. Salehi, A, Javanmard., S. Qanbari, S. Yadranji. (2006) Polymorphism of Bovine Lymphocyte Antigen DRB3 Alleles in Iranian Native Sarabi Cows.Asian-Australian Journal of Animal Science. 6: 775-779.